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978-0-945575-57-3 / 9780945575573

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

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Publisher:Algonquin Books

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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The GarcíasDr. Carlos (Papi), his wife Laura (Mami), and their four daughters, Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofíabelong to the uppermost echelon of Spanish Caribbean society, descended from the conquistadores. Their family compound adjoins the palacio of the dictators daughter. So when Dr. Garcías part in a coup attempt is discovered, the family must flee.

They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Dominican Republic. Papi has to find new patients in the Bronx. Mami, far from the compound and the family retainers, must find herself. Meanwhile, the girls try to lose themselvesby forgetting their Spanish, by straightening their hair and wearing fringed bell bottoms. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating being caught between the old world and the new, trying to live up to their fathers version of honor while accommodating the expectations of their American boyfriends. Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarezs brilliant and buoyant first novel sets the García girls free to tell their most intimate stories about how they came to be at homeand not at homein America.


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